George Freeman (politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Mid Norfolk
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Keith Simpson|
12 July 1967 |
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
|Alma mater||Girton College, Cambridge|
George William Freeman (born 12 July 1967) is a British Conservative Party politician and Minister for Life Sciences. He is the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Norfolk, and was first elected at the 2010 general election, replacing the constituency's previous incumbent, Keith Simpson who had decided to contest the neighbouring Broadland constituency instead.
Member of Parliament
Shortly after entering Parliament George Freeman was elected Chairman of the All Party Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture. He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Climate Change, Greg Barker MP, in the Coalition Government’s first tranche of appointments. In July 2011 the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon, David Cameron MP and Minister for Universities and Science, Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, appointed Freeman as Government Life Science Advisor. In 2014, he was appointed Minister for Life Sciences at the Department of Health and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Freeman is a co-founder of the 2020 Group of Conservative MPs, where he chairs the Innovation Economy Commission. He has spoken and written widely on the potential of UK science, technology and entrepreneurship to lead a sustainable economic recovery.
Before entering Parliament, Freeman had a 15 year career in biomedical venture capital. He spent most of his career in and around the Cambridge cluster supporting high tech growth businesses. For the seven years prior to being elected he was Founder and Chairman of the specialist translational medicine consultancy 4D Biomedical Ltd. Prior to that he was CEO of Cambridge start-up Amedis Pharmaceuticals, and before that the Director of Early Stage Ventures at Merlin Biosciences.
Straight after university, Freeman worked in Westminster as Parliamentary Officer for the National Farmers Union and an active campaigner to promote a more vibrant rural economy and renaissance of local government.
Freeman stood as Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Stevenage in the 2005 general election, being defeated by incumbent Labour MP Barbara Follett, despite a considerable Conservative swing. He was a member of the A-List and was selected for Mid Norfolk in October 2006.
Freeman is married to Eleanor, who is an employment solicitor in Cambridge, and they have two children. He enjoys sailing on the Norfolk coast, walking, rowing, wildfowling, and going to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford with his children to watch the Spitfires.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk